Icebergs overview

An Iceberg is a massive piece of ice of greatly varying shape, protruding 5 m or more above sea-level, which has broken away from a glacier and which may be afloat or aground.

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About 90% of all icebergs encountered in Canadian waters are calved from the glaciers of Western Greenland. That adds up to between 10,000 and 40,000 icebergs annually.

Icebergs are classified by shape and by size. The information contained in the following charts is from the Manual of Standard Procedures for Observing and Reporting Ice Conditions (MANICE), which is the authoritative document for observing all forms of sea, lake and river ice, and ice of land origin (icebergs).

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